Falling from Grace

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Speaking on grace has seemed one sided…when you speak of unconditioned forgiveness and limitless love and boundless acceptance…

  • The scent of sandal anises when you tell sinners that; “No matter what, God loves you and can forgive you.” or that “No amount of effort and works impresses God any more then none.” Or “No sin is unforgivable – God’s grace is always greater.”
  • It’s just screaming to be abused and misused. Loopholes
    • Grace was given – “a gift to empty hands” (CS Lewis)…to be received –
      but here are three alternatives.

Persist works / legalism – (Gal. 5:4) “fall” –to run aground / to avoid

  • We can know about grace – but continue without it – living acc. to our efforts
  • We avoid grace by allowing legalism to reign (v3) – we become indebted (leads to guilt)
  • We jump ship (grace) and try to swim across (self-righteousness)


Resist
Fear / Inactivity – (Gal. 2:21) “frustrate” – to reject / to nullify

  • The graving number of Calvinists (tulip): “Irresistible grace” – Not true!
  • We can make the death/ blood of Christ empty / void! (Acts 7:51) They did!
  • How? Verse 20 – Not living by faith, by the spirit…by sight and by flesh.
  • We get so concerned about making a misstep – we don’t step out – we choose not to obey and be used because of fear…that’s what God’s grace is for – to make up the difference / to close the gap!


Twist Sin / Unrepentant – (Jude 4) “turn” – to prevent / to stretch / to change

  • We can presume / assume upon grace…[Catholic convict, knew the priest would forgive him for murder, so he went ahead with the plan, presuming forgiveness]
  • Some have even used grace as an excuse to do evil
  • This is not a license to sin (Romans 6:1-2) [Christian men – divorce…]
    Will God forgive me? /Will you want to be forgiven?
  • [Climbing wall, spotter with rope – kicking off from the wall is abusing the spotter’s purpose – He’s not there for fun, but for safety]
  • “If you love God; you may do as you incline.” – Augustine
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